Auto racing: Clint Bowyer wins rain-shortened race at MI

  • Auto racing: Clint Bowyer wins rain-shortened race at MI

Auto racing: Clint Bowyer wins rain-shortened race at MI

Race day at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday began with a wet track and falling rain that delayed the start of the FireKeepers Casino 400 for almost two and a half hours. Bowyer finished ahead of teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch, for a sweep of the top three spots by Stewart-Haas Racing. The rain put a stop to the race. Toyota's Kyle Busch finished fourth while Chevrolet drivers Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray took their Hendrick Motorsports and Ganassi Racing Chevrolets to ninth and 10th, respectively.

In March, Clint Bowyer won his first race in 190 chances.

Jimmie Johnson is 12th and has only led two laps all season. Dillon and Daniel Hemric battled for the lead on a restart on the 89th lap, but the race went under caution again nearly immediately because of the weather. Harvick finished second followed by Kurt Busch.

Austin Dillon, who won the Daytona 500 earlier this year and the Xfinity race Saturday, said he liked the package and, while it's possibly not suitable for all tracks, it is something NASCAR needs to continue to research and explore.

On Lap 37, Darrell Wallace Jr. got into David Ragan in Turn 2 to bring the caution out. "They had a good pit stop to close out there and then the No. 14 just gambled and rolled the dice that the rain must have been going to come and was able to keep me on the bottom there, just by a little bit on the restart". Blaney came away with his fourth stage win of the year. He won the event for the second time, finishing with the eagle, three birdies and a bogey for a 19-under 261 total.

"I am thankful that it improved the show and watchability for the All-Star Race. but I think we should always be mindful of our responsibility as a sport to make sure the best drivers are able to showcase their talent", former NASCAR Cup champion Brad Keselowski said Friday.

Even though thunderstorms were the overwhelming storyline this past weekend at Michigan International Speedway, the message continued to resonate that Ford Motor Co. continues to convey a very dominant presence in NASCAR's Monster Energy Cup Series. That risk helped cap a huge day for Stewart-Haas Racing and Ford Motor Company as Bowyer emerged the victor Sunday of a rain-shortened FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 133, led 1 29.

Kyle Larson has won three straight NASCAR Cup Series races at MI.

Larson was only 26th in qualifying. "To have this performance and strength across all of our teams, to win the race, it's just tremendous for all the company".

The weather could be an issue again Sunday.

He narrowly missed out on third to his brother in a late duel, in a race in which engine performance was crucial and gave Ford an edge.